5 Smart Ways to Keep Cat Dander to a Minimum
Do your friends or loved ones struggle with cat allergies when they visit your home? Here are 5 smart ways you can keep cat dander to a minimum.
Did you know that cat allergies occur twice as much as dog allergies? In the United States, up to three in ten people are allergic to cats and dogs.
This doesn’t stop people from owning cats, even when they or a family member may suffer from asthma or severe allergies.
Do you have loved ones who struggle with your furry feline? Unsure how to handle their allergies?
Keep reading below for five tips to keep cat dander at bay.
1. Keep Cat Dander Away By Cleaning and Then Cleaning Some More
Your best shot at decreasing cat allergies in your home is to clean and dust frequently. Vaccum whenever possible, especially before guests come over. Don’t forget to give walls a wipe down every once in a while too.
If you are thinking about doing some home renovations, consider replacing carpet with hardwood. This will make it significantly easier to clean up cat dander.
Don’t forget about the litter box. Make sure it is covered and in an area that is not frequently used.
2. Keep the Kitty Off Furniture
While you may like to cuddle your feline while watching television, your allergic guests will struggle from this. Try to limit, or totally stop your cat from being on furniture that is upholstered.
This is especially important for things like couches and beds. Any pillows or blankets that your cat does contact should be washed often. Make sure you use hot water when washing these items.
If you commonly drive people in your car, consider keeping your cat to one specific area of the car. This will limit the possibility of an allergic reaction.
3. Minimize Cat Dander Contact
Keeping the cat indoors is a sure way to help your loved one’s allergies. Your furry friend doesn’t have to live outdoors, but any time outside will help lessen the dander in your house.
If you don’t want to have your cat running around outside, try to close doors to bedrooms where people with allergies will be sleeping.
If you have children coming over that have asthma or allergies, they simply should not play or pet your cat. If they do, washing hands immediately can help avoid uncomfortable cat allergy symptoms.
4. Try Closing Registers
Depending on your system, closing air registers can limit dander traveling in your house. If you don’t want to or can’t close all the registers, focus on closing the ones where the allergic person will spend time. This can be helpful in the bedroom especially.
Regularly change your heating/cooling unit’s filters with one that is specifically for allergens.
5. Frequent Baths
It may sound frightening, but try giving your cat regular baths. This helps to remove any dead skin and reduces dander levels. Be sure to use a cat-friendly shampoo that will not irritate his or her skin.
Giving your cat baths when they are a kitten will get them used to the process early.
Do you have any other questions about keeping cat allergies under control? If so, contact us and we will be quick to help you.